01/12/12 279 W, 1 I - + 2 - 3 UPDATED: Robeson County Fire Chief Killed While Responding to Accident

January 12

Family visitation will be at Purnell Swett High School (11344 Deep Branch Road, Pembroke, NC, 28372) on Thursday, January 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Memorial Service will be at Purnell Swett High School (11344 Deep Branch Road, Pembroke, NC, 28372) on Friday, January 13, at 3:00 p.m.

Any departments planning to bring apparatus or honor guards planning to participate need to call 1-800- 678-3786 (NCFFF Memorial Hotline) for Apparatus Staging and Honor Guard Information. All participating apparatus and honor guards must be in place at Purnell Swett High School no later than 2:30 p.m. Additional apparatus stage information is forthcoming.

January 9

As was reported yesterday, Fire Chief Samuel Butler, 52, of the Evans Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department in Robeson County was killed in a vehicle accident just before 10:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, January 8. He was responding to a reported vehicle accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 74.

He was driving his 1993 Toyota Camry and attempting a u-turn at the end of the on-ramp from Cabinet Shop Road, when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer truck. Butler died on impact. Other firefighters, including one of Butler's sons, arrived within minutes. See the below stories for more details.

Butler had been a member of Evans Crossroads VFD for over 20 years, and was named fire chief a year ago. He'd served as Assistant Chief for 12 years. He was also President of the Robeson County Fireman's Association. He is survived by a wife, and a daughter, and two sons, who are both volunteer firefighters.

News stories

So sorry for your loss, Your brothers in Wake County grieving as well.
FF - 01/10/12 - 09:01

A Fallen Fireman Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012 at the Purnell Swett High School Gymnasium with burial following in the Strickland Family Cemetery. Services will be officiated by fellow fireman, Rev. Eddie Carter and Rev. Tim Chavis.
fireman12931 (Web Site) - 01/10/12 - 20:18

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